Critic Consensus: Moonlight uses one man's story to offer a remarkable and brilliantly crafted look at lives too rarely seen in cinema.
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Critic Reviews for Moonlight
Although Barry Jenkins' film is indeed about the struggles and difficulties of a person embracing his culturally reviled sexuality, the story is universal in scope and intent.
The indie drama touches on themes of race, sexuality and isolation in ways that are rarely depicted in cinema.
Moonlight is both a disarmingly, at times almost unbearably personal film and an urgent social document, a hard look at American reality and a poem written in light, music and vivid human faces.
Audience Reviews for Moonlight
Mahershala Ali stars as Chiron's guardian in this heartbreaking drama of discrimination and forbidden love. Wish he would've been more involved in the rest of the story.
Moonlight's excellent structure in storytelling, its powerful performances and thematic vision really emphasizes the film's sense of self-discovery. A unique presentation, filled with a superb use of music, colors, cinematography, and combined with its sheer drama makes this a monumentally notable tale of a lifetime that audiences can empathize with. 4/5
"Moonlight" is captivating, poignant, disturbing, ugly, beautiful -- and most of all, "Moonlight" is radiant. With excellent acting and superb directing, "Moonlight" tells a tale of human identity emerging from a world steeped in vulnerability, fear, isolation and the cycles of abuse visited most harshly upon oppressed communities. It's is a thoughtful work of art well worth seeing.
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